His Yoke Is Easy

zechariahnewman —  May 29, 2013 — 8 Comments

Mathew 11:30 30 “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” I remember the first several times I read this and thought “bull.” Maybe this is not “spiritual,” but it’s the truth. Living the way God wanted me to did not seem easy and light. Still doesn’t sometimes. Out of pure frustration I looked into this more, praying for insight and direction. Nothing I was doing felt light and easy, rather straining. What was I doing wrong? When God are you going to make it easy? Those were my questions then and the following explains what it means to me now.

Yoke is defined as a device for joining together a pair of draft animals.

In John 15:5 it says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” So we need to be joined up and remain into God then our burden is light and His yoke easy.

So how do we remain in God? We submit our will to the spirit of God.

Augustine wrote, “Without God we cannot, without us God will not.”

An illustration of the two verses listed above came to me; it’s like driving a screw into a board with a drill. All we have to do is plug it in and our torque goes way up making it easy. The drill has been there the whole time but it’s true power only exists while it is plugged into an electrical outlet. Have you tried to use a drill without power? Of course not, but that is what I do with my life sometimes which is just as useless while I’m unplugged.

This is what I have done in the past and do not recommend:

I have plugged the power cord into myself. Epic fail! All this leads to is self-condemnation and frustration. I have plugged the power cord into others. Talk about disappointment. Expectations for others are a big way to feel jaded. I most often do the on/off method. Plug-in, unplug, plug-in, unplug. This gets exhausting. I try my own will and effort then give up, plug into God then life’s burdens get easy (well at least the straining stops). Then I slowly place the burdens back on my own shoulders until I have had enough again.

“On our knees we are the most powerful force on earth.” ~Billy Graham

So if you have unplugged, plug into God our source. All else is vanity leading to death. Partner with Him, yoke together with the creator of the universe and He will give you peace, joy, strength, and fulfillment. He does not promise no problems, but a new lightness comes in when you remain in the vine.

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  • Brian Andrews

    Zech, Thanks for sharing you heart. When you consider the people that Jesus was talking to, I think he was talking about justification by faith rather than by works. The people around him and the religeous leaders at the time believed and taught that the only way to be saved was to follow the whole law completely to the letter. They even added to the law. This set up a religious system that placed a terrible burden on people in terms of material resources and time. There was also the spiritual burden, that if they didn’t keep all the rules exactly right, and keep up apperances, than they would be out of favor with God. Jesus is the fulfillment of the law. All we have to do is trust that He can justifiy us before the Father, and that saves us. It’s not up to us. That takes the burden off of us and places it on Him.

    • Zech Newman

      Thanks Brian. What I was talking about in this post is that I at least go back in forth with willing myself or working harder instead of submitting my will to the spirit of God. Allowing Him to change me and having true repentance that should be evident. Not arguing with you just communicating the point of the post. Be blessed:)

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